Released: September 08, 2006
Prepare to Prevent For Farm Safety and Health Week
MANHATTAN, Kan. - National Farm Safety and Health Week is an annual promotion sponsored by the National Safety Council to recognize the hard work, diligence, and sacrifices of our nations farmers and ranchers. The 2006 event, Sept. 17-23, marks the 63rd consecutive signing of a proclamation by a U.S. President, beginning with Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1944.
The theme, Prepare to Prevent, focuses on raising awareness of the importance of proactive prevention practices for optimal agricultural safety and health, said John Slocombe, Kansas State University Research and Extension farm safety specialist. Prevention is the best way to eliminate farm accidents.
Slocombe offered the following safety tips to help everyone Prepare to Prevent.
• Frequently inspect the farm – buildings, yards, equipment – to identify dangerous areas and make changes where needed.
• Store all chemicals in secure storage cabinets that are child- and theft-proofed.
• Keep a well-stocked first aid kit in all vehicles including farm implements and in all out buildings. Check contents at least once a year and restock as necessary.
• Have fire extinguishers readily accessible and of the appropriate size and type. Make sure all farm family members, employees, and visitors know the location of fire extinguishers and how to use them.
• Remove the keys from farm vehicles when they are not in use.
• Enforce an absolute no riders policy for all farm equipment.
• Use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) including eye protection, respirators, hearing protection, gloves, sturdy footwear, and sun protection (sunscreen, long sleeves, wide-brimmed hats).
• Wear your safety belt in vehicles. On the tractor use the safety belt when the tractor is equipped with a Rollover Protection Structure (ROPS).
• Take the whole family to an all-terrain vehicle safety training course. Always wear an approved safety helmet, eye protection, gloves, and protective clothing to cover arms, legs, and feet when operating the ATV.
• Practice safety and set a good example for employees, children, and the neighbors.
Farming is a dangerous, yet rewarding, occupation, Slocombe said. Preparing to prevent accidents is one way to help get rid of some of the dangers.
K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.
John Slocombe is at 785-532-2906, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kerri Ebert is at 785-532-2976, email@example.com